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The Direct and Indirect Impact of Relational Ties on Innovation Performance: An Empirical Study in China

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In large organizations, local use of innovations is not enough; extracting the full use of the innovation requires deployment across the organization. The purpose of this paper is to explore strategies for the deployment of service innovations and factors influencing success. We adopt an inductive theory-building approach with a longitudinal embedded case study of ten successful service innovations. We find two deployment strategies: required adoption, in which subsidiaries are required to adopt innovations, and voluntary adoption, in which adoption is not compulsory—innovations are showcased, but the adoption decision is left to the subsidiaries. We have investigated the factors influencing deployment, including the decentralized nature of service innovation, fit with the internal and external context, extrinsic and intrinsic motivations, and handovers. Based on analyses of case evidence, we put forward research propositions accordingly. This study provides managerial guidance for multidivisional organizations to extract full value from service innovations. Although some results may be particular to the Chinese context, research in other contexts can broaden the generalizability of the findings.

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[Wang, Qiang] School of ManagementXi'an Jiaotong University Shaanxi 710049, China

[Voss, Chris] Warwick Business SchoolUniversity of WarwickCoventryCV4 7AL, U.K.

[Zhao, Xiande] China Europe International Business SchoolShanghai201203, China


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IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

ISSN:0018-9391

Year:2020

Issue:2

Volume:67

Page:295-308

ESI Discipline:ECONOMICS & BUSINESS;

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